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Subject: Confused on the mailing part
Date Posted: 6/25/2014 9:49 AM ET
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Hi all,

I am new here and I listed a few boks on my bookshelf and someone already wants to borrow one. I went through the process but I am confused as to why I am paying for the shipping and not the person borrowing the book? Does that mean when I want to borrow a book, that lender will pay for my shipping?

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 9:55 AM ET
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Yes, the sender pays the shipping.  Also it's not borrowing the book, it will be their book to keep or trade.


Date Posted: 6/25/2014 10:06 AM ET
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Since you joined today and already have requests that means those books were on the wishlist of other members.  Also you have 5 days to accept the request and then another 5 days to mail.  

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 10:46 AM ET
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Hi Maria -- Welcome to PBS. Sounds like you might want to go to the Help Center and browse some of the Help documents. The Help Center is one of the pull-down menus listed in the gray bar at the top of every page, but here's a link to get you started: Help.

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 11:04 AM ET
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Welcome!  And yes, when you order a book, the sender will pay the postage.  All you will need is a credit.

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 12:10 PM ET
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Start by going through Tips for New Members at the top of this forum.

mistie -
Date Posted: 6/25/2014 12:25 PM ET
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Also it's not borrowing the book, it will be their book to keep or trade.

Just reposting this info  since the OP seems to have missed a very significant part of how things work here.

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 7:41 PM ET
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OP "account is currently suspended or closed"


Date Posted: 6/25/2014 8:39 PM ET
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That was fast. When I looked this morning, she had no books posted.

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 9:06 PM ET
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She had 4 when I looked. 

Date Posted: 6/25/2014 9:35 PM ET
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Maybe she thought this was a borrowing type thing where you got your books back and asked them to close it she realized it wasn't.

Date Posted: 6/26/2014 7:07 AM ET
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As a Live Help member, I was surprised how often this happens.  Many members have assumed this is a site for borrowing, not transferring ownership.  Fortunately, most of them have contacted me before sending them out, but many have contacted me after the fact and wonder why their books are not being returned to them.

Date Posted: 6/26/2014 2:36 PM ET
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The name of the site is "Paperback Swap", not "Paperback Borrow".


verb \ˈswäp\

: to give something to someone and receive something in return : to trade or exchange (things)


verb \ˈbär-(ˌ)ō, ˈbr-\

: to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) for a period of time before returning it

Date Posted: 6/26/2014 5:31 PM ET
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I'd like this site less if it was about borrowing. Even books that I really like aren't that hard to reacquire. Doesn't Amazon have a "borrowing" program, maybe that's part of the confusion. 

Date Posted: 6/26/2014 6:34 PM ET
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Well, there ARE places to borrow books-- they are called libraries. wink